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Hale and Dorr
The Princeton office of the Boston-based law firm Hale
and Dorr LLP, opened by David Sorin last month, is negotiating for
office space at 650 College Road East. Moving there from the offices
it now occupies at 214 Carnegie Center would be a homecoming. The
space it is seeking is in the same building as Buchanan Ingersoll,
the firm Sorin left — taking 32 attorneys and the entire support
staff with him — to create a New Jersey presence for Hale and
Sorin opened Buchanan Ingersoll’s Princeton office in 1993, building
it from two attorneys to 60. The practice he created there centered
on high technology. "We were the leading high tech and emerging
growth firm in the region," Sorin says. The firm, he says, did
more IPO, mergers & acquisition, and venture financing work for high
tech companies than did any other firm in the area.
Hale and Dorr, seeking a presence in New Jersey, recruited Sorin to
start an office in Princeton. "We needed to be at a firm with
considerably more depth and focus on high technology," he says
of the reason he jumped from Buchanan Ingersoll. "Instead of being
at a firm where a relative few focused on technology, I went with
a firm with rich expertise." With offices in New York and Reston,
Virginia, as well as Boston, the firm is in all the high tech hot
spots in the East and focuses solely on work for high technology
New Jersey belongs on the "A list" of high technology locales,
Sorin says, but is not always recognized. "The interesting thing
about New Jersey," he says, "is that we don’t have an
city associated with technology. Our tech corridor spreads through
the state. It’s not as dense as others."
Nevertheless, Sorin says, there is an enormous amount of high tech
legal work from companies in the telecommunications, wireless, life
sciences, E-commerce, information technology, and software industries.
This is still true, despite a sputtering Internet sector and a tech
slowdown. "Clearly, it’s a different mix of work," he says.
"A year ago we would have been talking about all the IPOs. Six
months ago there was tremendous venture capital activity. Now, we’re
busy primarily with mergers and acquisition work. There are a lot
of strategic partnership and tech transactions, like licensing,
If its real estate negotiations go well, Hale and Dorr will be doing
this work from approximately two-thirds of the 60,000 square feet
Buchanan Ingersoll is now leasing at 650 College Road East. "We’ll
take the whole fourth floor," Sorin says of his firm’s plans.
Hale and Dorr will take over all obligations for the lease, but
Ingersoll will stay on. "I expect they will maintain a strong
office in New Jersey," Sorin says of his former firm.
Sorin, the father of a 16-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son,
grew up in Brooklyn and moved to New Jersey when he and his wife,
Randi, who teaches pre kindergarten in Manalapan, decided to start
a family. He credits his father, who worked as a government clerk,
and his mother, a secretary, with contributing to his success.
parents stressed the importance of education," he says. "It
was very important in our upbringing." Sorin says he and his
a theater director, were the first in their family to attend college.
Sorin, who is also a CPA, holds a degree in accounting and economics
from New York University and a law degree from Fordham.
Hoping to lease enough space to allow for growth, Sorin says he
Hale and Dorr’s Princeton office to be up to 40 attorneys in a year.
The ultimate size, he says, "depends on the economy."
— Kathleen McGinn Spring
Princeton 08540. David J. Sorin. 609-750-7600; fax, 609-750-7700.
Square Boulevard South, Lawrenceville 08648. Neil Bhaskar, CEO.
fax, 609-588-5577. Www.novasoftinfo.com.
The seven-year-old IT company has bought a human resources firm,
Career Services, which does executive searches in information
The transaction is billed as a merger, says Neil Bhaskar, CEO. Steve
Tremitiere, is the president of Unison.
New Brunswick 08901. William Hagaman, shareholder. 732-828-1614; fax,
Bleich, Glass & Cardona PC has joined WithumSmith&Brown at its New
Brunswick office. Ronald L. Bleich and Ruben Cardona, founding
of BG&C, are now shareholders of WS+B.
Cardona went to City University of New York and is former assistant
finance administrator for management and administrative services for
the City of New York. Bleich went to New York University and Brooklyn
Law School, and is the treasurer of George Street Playhouse.
08852. Henry Wieck, president. 732-355-1001; fax, 732-355-1002.
The technology development company is moving from 4270 Route 1 North
and adding 1,500 feet for a total of 4,000 feet. Barry Ginsberg of
Bedminster has designed the space, and the buildout is by Innovative
General Contracting. Polygenesis has complete technology development
capabilities, including mechanical design, software and electronics,
and rapid prototyping. It has a close relationship with a clinical
diagnostic company in Indianapolis.
Princeton 08540. Joe Anzalone, director of business development.
fax, 609-951-2220. Home page: www.intellispace.com.
The Manhattan-based telecommunications company has moved to Village
Boulevard. It offers broadband, high-speed fiber optic Internet
for multi-teneted business properties.
08540. Ira Baseman, president. 609-497-9400; fax, 609-497-9433.
With its "plug and play" local networks for small to
businesses, nex-i.com has been acquired by another broadband
provider, EurekaGGN. When Eureka and GGN merged in December, Eureka’s
chairman, Jeffrey E. Ginsberg, had announced his plan to do a
to acquire other companies and consolidate the industry.
EurekaGGN has a full suite of integrated communications services that
it can deliver to nex-i customers — small to medium-sized
With its latest purchase, EurekaGGN snagged $10 million in cash plus
a promise of $4 million more. Nex-i-com’s investors include AlphaNet
Solutions, Mellon Ventures, and LLR Equity Partners. Terms of the
buy were not disclosed.
08540-6618. Thomas M. Sullivan, CEO and owner. 609-452-8500; fax,
As planned 10 years ago, Catherine A. Mathis has retired as owner
and chief executive officer of the 30-year-old advertising agency.
Tom Sullivan, now president, will take her place at the 48-employee
firm, which has as its creative trademark, a gargoyle. "We have
evolved in the last few years into a dynamic, integrated brand
agency," says Sullivan. "All of the pieces of the plan have
fallen into place.
Street, CN 5297, Princeton 08543-5297. Robert A. Davies III, CEO and
board chair. 609-683-5900; fax, 609-497-7177. Home page:
For the first time in nearly 150 years, a family member is not in
charge at Church & Dwight. Dwight Church Minton has moved from being
chairman to the post of chairman emeritus. The current CEO and
Robert A. Davies 3rd, has been elected chairman of the board. Davies,
65, is no longer president. He will bring in an "outsider",
Jon L. Finley, 46, as president as of April 1. Finley will also have
the new position of chief operating officer. He had been senior vice
president of global convenience foods for General Mills in
where he was in charge of evaluating GM’s acquisition of the Pillsbury
Last June, Church & Dwight acquired North Brunswick-based USA
makers of laundry detergent and fabric softener.
Suite 300, Lawrenceville 08648. George Cavallo, senior vice president.
609-671-4200; fax, 609-671-4255. Www.gilbaneco.com.
Gilbane Building Co., a construction and real estate development
with offices in Crossroads Center, has named George Cavallo head of
its northeast regional office. Cavallo, who joined the company in
1984, succeeds Walter McKelvey, who has been named regional manager
of the company’s central region.
Cavallo, a graduate of Temple, holds an MBA from Old Dominion
He was an adjunct professor at Temple from 1989 to 1998, and will
teach a graduate course in construction management there this spring.
B, Hamilton Square 08690. Mike Jacobovitch, regional manager.
Empire Equity Associates Inc., a mortgage company providing both
and commercial loans, has moved into offices on Route 33 in Hamilton.
This is a six-person office of the Empire Group, a company licensed
in 45 states.
Road, Cranbury 08512. 609-443-1800; fax, 609-371-2910.
NCR has signed a lease at 5 Princess Road for 2,900 square feet,
Merrill Lynch’s raised-floor data center, which is moving to Hopewell.
Matt Malatich of CB Richard Ellis in Iselin represented NCR, which
is based in Ohio (800-444-9151).
Center, Suite 206, Princeton 08540. Lorraine A. Pronek, executive
assistant. 609-919-6330; fax, 609-520-1806.
The business development office of a pharmaceutical company, Shire
Pharmaceutical, moved to the Carnegie Center last year. It has its
headquarters in the U.K. and its U.S. headquarters in Kentucky.
Corner Road, Suite 101, Lawrenceville 08648. Carol Comfort,
service representative. 609-844-7774; fax, 609-844-3194. Home page:
American Express Corporate Services has moved from 989 Lenox Drive
to 134 Franklin Corner Road. Carol Comfort is customer service
at the 10-person office.
08540. James J. O’Hara, vice president. 609-683-5566; fax,
The search firm has moved from 29 Emmons Drive at Princeton Commerce
Center to a similar-sized space on Fackler Road. It does executive
searches for start-ups in the medical device arena. O’Hara went to
St. Francis University in Loretta, Pennsylvania. Marialice Barone,
the co-president, went to St. Louis University and Ohio State.
the owner of Patterson Chevrolet.
of distribution for Integra Life Sciences on Morgan Lane.
engineer with FMC Corp.
Pamela K. Smith, 46, on February 15. She worked at ETS.
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